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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Donna Kinnick recognized for Volunteerism


Donna Kinnick recognized for Volunteerism


It is always a pleasure to share information about Volunteers - and this time it is a KINNICK:



KINNICK RECOGNIZED FOR VOLUNTEERISM

Donna Kinnick, a Bayard native who lives in Glidden and works at Community Insurance in Glidden, was named an Everyday Hero by Carroll County State Bank for her many hours of service to her community and school. Kinnick was nominated for the award by Angela Lensch, an instructor in the Glidden-Ralston school district.

“I have known Mrs. Kinnick for almost my whole life and have found her to be a huge part
of planning, organizing, and working at every event that involves our community for as long
as I can remember,” wrote Lensch in her nomination letter. “There are endless amounts of
people who have definitely benefited from her presence. She always shows great leadership
qualities and always makes sure to get any job done even though it’s a fully volunteer activity.
She has also made a concerted effort to synthesize planned activities to benefit the town of Glidden.”

Lensch noted that Kinnick has organized the Glidden Fun Days events, helps out weekly at the GR After School Program, organized the Box Tops program for the school, and volunteered time to help with concessions for the Glidden swim team. The latter, Lensch said, was a job no one else cared to do and Kinnick stepped forward, “... even though her own kids have grown and graduated. It was clearly done out of the kindness of her heart.”

“It is clearly evident that Mrs. Kinnink is well deserving of this outstanding person of our community distinction. Finally though, the best thing about Donna is that she is always a smile, kind- word, and one of the most warm-hearted person that you will find anywhere. Glidden is lucky to have a person such as this to support the people in this town!”

Donna is married to high school sweetheart, Lon Kinnick, and they live north of Glidden. They have two grown daughters, Keely and Kami.

Source: Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, February 23, 2012/Page 2, Column 1

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 28, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 28, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Sunday, February 28:

No short entry - BY THE WAY: No entry on February 29; 1937 was not a leap year.

[Eileen wrote the following on a special page, after the Sunday entry:
How rapidly this month has gone but how many things have happened. Snowed in for a week end, Charley to Louisiana, Maytag Store Closed, Started Working for Mr. Browning.]

Here is the long entry for Sunday, February 28:

Swelegantist (sic) day out. Cleaned house. Washed my stuff. Dad to Mr. Pierce's funeral. Ironed with gas iron. To Lund's after my skirt. I made ice cream. Pete came at 8:00. Went to "College Holliday." Sat with Leo & Ida. Keenest show. Swellest time after wards. "Niagara Fall." Keenest moon. Hated to go home. 5th Anniversary tomorrow.

My comments: "College Holiday"1936 movie starring Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye: "Some bright young men are invited to spend the summer with a lady hotelier interested in eugenics."



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_Holiday


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, February 27, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 27, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 27, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Saturday, February 27:

Snowing again. Typed all morning. Disagreeable day. Did dishes & we 3 playing Solitaire. To bed early.

Here is the long entry for Saturday, February 27:

 In to work about 8:30. Snowing again. It seems it has to do that every week end. Typed continuously all morning in re: Brownings farm. Back again working after dinner. A disagreeable day. Took Ford home. Did dishes & then we 3 kids played Solitaire. To bed early.

My comments: Wow! She was not a happy camper!  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 26, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 26, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.




Here is the short entry for Friday, February 26:

To work at 8:00. Left key in door. Rode home with Lund's. Did dishes, sep. at nite. Listened to H. Hotel & 1st Niters. Mom trying to thread a needle. Boys scaring me up stairs. [Arrow to boys: Leo & Buzz]

Here is the long entry for Friday, February 26:

 Real swell agantist (sic) day out. Came to work at 8:00. Left key in the door. Musn't do that. Typed & wrote letters most of morning. Out home to dinner. Came in with Leo. He to the sale. Met Lund's right outside the door at 5:00 so I rode to the corner with them & walked the rest of the way home. Took Edith's sweater to her & she wore my navy skirt to the game at Guthrie. Did dishes & separator. Listened to "Holly Wood Hotel" & FIrst Nighters." Mom threading a needle. Boys scared me about to death up stairs. [last sentence underlined]

My comments: "Two things keep Hollywood Hotel (1937) alive and vibrant… by giving audiences a way to see as well as hear the musicians they idolized on radio and records."

"Powell and Parsons debuted the Hollywood Hotel program in 1934 so by 1937 it had its fair share of the radio audience. Powell hosted, sang, and kibitzed with … "





Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 25, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 25, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.





Here is the short entry for Thursday, February 25:

Leo's foot better. Charles Browning wants me to work for him steady. Typed for him in pm. Like it. Did dishes, listened to radio programs. We 3 kids playing solitaire. [Arrow to Browning: Lawyer where new bank is. - Added later. Also: Maytag Store closed & Vandaworkers left.]

Here is the long entry for Thursday, February 25:

 Quite cold out. Leo's foot better. Outdoors awhile to see calf again. Really cute. Mom says to call it "Martha." Came on George's birthday. Charlie Browning wanted me to come in in pm. to type. Steady job for as long as I want it. Really like it. My own desk & every thing. Went home at 6:00. Had to get some typing done. I did dishes. Listened to Rudy & Mary Small on Maxwell again. All 3 of us kids playing Solitaire. To bed at 9:30.

My comments: I found Charles C. Browning in the 1930 US Census, in Coon Rapids, an Attorney at law. 53 years old, first married at 30, wife, Mary. She was born in Pennsylvania, He was born in Iowa, with parents born in Virginia and Ohio, respectively. One 13 year old son, Charles, Jr., born in Iowa. Young Charles is a paper carrier for the D.M. Tribune.

In the February 2, 2012, Coon Rapids Enterprise, in the 75 Years Ago column (for January 22, 1937): "Dale Carpenter, a junior student in the law school and Charles Browning, a freshman student in the law school at Drake University in Des Moines, will be initiated into Delta Thea Phi., national professional law fraternity, Sunday. … Carpenter is the son of Mrs. Grace Carpenter. Browning is the sone of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Browning."

"Fifteen-year-old Mary Small sings, "Alabama Barbecue" on The Maxwell House Showboat, 1937."

Rudy Vallee:



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Friday, February 24, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 24, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 24, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Wednesday, February 24:

Leo limping. Cleaned whole house. Studied shorthand. Did dishes, listened to Gracie Allen. "Goodnite My Love" was 1st on Hit Parade.

Here is the long entry for Wednesday, February 24:

Leo limping terribly. Cleaned whole house. Dad & Bussy didn't come home for dinner. Studied shorthand all afternoon. I did dishes at nite. Listened to Gracie Allen, One Man's Family & Fred Allen. "Goodnite my Love was 1st on the Hit Parade.

My comments: Don't recall that I have featured Gracie Allen, recently. This is a good opportunity!  ;-)




Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 23, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 23, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Tuesday, February 23:

Terrible wind. New calf. Baked bread. snow plow got as far a our place. Washed & set my hair. Made ice cream. "Mummy's Boys" with Pete. East on 46.

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, February 23:

Not so cold but a terrible wind. Baby Cow had a little heifer calf. Leo's foot bothering him. We three alone for dinner. Baked bread. Snow plow got as far as our place. Reisberg's folks trying to get moved. Washed & set my hair after dinner. Mom stirred up ice cream, Leo chopped the ice & I froze it. Listened to Martha Raye. Pete came at 8:00 & we went to "Mummy's Boys." East on 46 afterwards. Leo's let bothering him. "C.W." [underlined]

My comments: Check the link on "East on 46" for history of the road they kept going out on. It was what we knew as "old 141" from Manning to Perry. Note that it was only partially paved at that time! Amazing!  ;-)

Watch movie free online - http://www.vidics.eu/watch/44295/Mummy-s-Boys-1936.html



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 22, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 22, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Monday, February 22: [bold]

Quite cold but sunny. Good to be home. Cleaned whole house. Leo to Shirbroun sale. I did some ironing in pm. Mom sewed. Learned to knit. Dad home after supper. Fibber & Molly. Knit till 9:30.

Here is the long entry for Monday, February 22: [bold]

Quite cold out. Seemed so good to be home again. Cleaned up the down stairs & had an early dinner. Leo & Clark went to Shirbroun's Dairy Sale. Cleaned upstairs after dinner. Ironed while Mom made an apron. Leo went after Bussy. Mom showed me how to knit [sentence underlined]. Listened to Fibber & Molly & "Capt. Blood." Dad came about 8:30. Knit till about 9:30 & then went to bed.

My comments: They called the noon meal "dinner" and the evening meal "supper" - as we always did as I was growing up. Out of step from "city folks" who had "lunch" and "dinner." Know wonder i was confused. Still am, actually! I prefer "lunch" and "supper." Or am I just contrary by nature!  ;-)

Interesting to see that Captain Blood was a first a successful 1935 Errol Flynn-Olivia deHavilland movie, and then, a successful 1937 radio production!





Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 21, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 21, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Sunday, February 21:

Colder. I have a cold. Wal. birthday. Leo has a sore ankle. Pete & Leo opened road. To Lund's and back. Pete & I, Leo & Ida to Bayard but film didn't come. Back to "Reunion." Rite home.

[Added later, arrow to date: Wallace Arms birthday - my boyfriend in high school.]

Here is the long entry for Sunday, February 21:

Colder out & really some big drifts. I have quite a cold. Felt kinda dumpish. Wallace's birthday. Burned all of his letters. At 3:30 Pete came over. He & Leo scooped out road. I walked over to corner. Over to Lund's & back. Dan W. went thru our field to road. Cleaned up, listened to radio, wiped the dishes & got ready for Pete to come. He came clear up the driveway. Met Leo & Ida on Mt. road. Went to Bayard in V-8. Show film didn't get there so we came back to Coon & saw 2nd show "Reunion." Really pretty good. Came right out home.

My comments: I read in the 75 years ago column in the Coon Rapids Enterprise that the Rafferty family, who ran the theater in Coon Rapids, had opened a theater in Bayard. This is the first I have noticed it in the diaries. Neat.

Photo of Wallace Arms - you can go back to the 1936 diaries to read about Wallace and Eileen. When he broke up with her. He was moving out of town with his family. His dad was Methodist Minister.

Did you read the 'See what happened to Wallace' ?

Wallace Arms (1936)

 Families are Forever!  ;-)

Monday, February 20, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 20, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 20, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Saturday, February 20:

Real cloudy but not so cold. Tramp kept going by. Kinda scared me. Drove home alone in Chevy. Dan walked. Dan and Danny W. here for supper. They walked home. Did dishes & play cards.

[Added below, later: Dan Weaver veterinarian & son Danny]

Here is the long entry for Saturday, February 20:

Almost same as yesterday. Rather cloudy. Tramp kept going past store. Frightened me a little bit. Dad at Conner trial in Carroll. Ruth left this morning for Oklahoma. Snowed all day. Leo came after me at Noon & I took Chevy back alone. Stayed 'till about 3:30. Really awful coming home. Couldn't get the car up in the yard. Dad left car at Lunds & walked. Dan W. & Danny at Shawds. Car went in ditch. They ate supper here and walked to town. Did dishes, played cards & went to bed early.

My comments: I do have a map of Union Twp in 1835 with the Kinnick farm marked on it, red circled 5 just northwest of Coon Rapids town proper.



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 19, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 19, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Friday, February 19:

Nicer warm but cloudy. Mr. Van, Ruth, Pete, Helen J., Edith here in pm. Mite ate with Ruth. Pete came at 8:00. To 4 C's game. They beat. Kissed Ruth goodbye. "Had time to leave."

[Added later, arrow to 'Kissed' - Pete. Then, Ruth Morgan from De. M.]

Here is the long entry for Friday, February 19:

Real nice & warm but cloudy in morning. Washed & set my hair down here at the store. Dad & I out home for dinner. I brought V-8 in. Dad had sale. Mr Van here when I came back. Ruth, Pete, Leo, Edith, Helen here in pm. Tried to get Don for Ruth. He had a date. Ruth & I drove V-8 out past Pete's. Ate at Ruth's. Pete came about 8:00. To 4 C's game. Spoke to Short. They beat a little bit. Good game!
Drove around afterwards. Up at Ruth's drive way. Both kissed her goodbye. Bessie (?) bet a movie I'd be married before Ruth is. Each other's b. maids. Hawaii. "May never see her again, you know."
We went rite home after taking Ruth. "Harder to leave each time."

My comments: Ruth may be daughter of Boyd and Bessie Morgan; Ruth about same age as Eileen. Appears she was just visiting in town for a few weeks; returned to Des Moines.

I sure remember the feelings that go with "Harder to leave each time" - from when Nancy was at school in Cedar Falls and I was at ISU in Ames…  ;-)



Families are Forever!  ;-)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 18, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 18, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Thursday, February 18:

Really swell out. Mr. Van. here in morning. Really thawed. Ruth, Edith, Lenore, Helen, Harold here in pm. Took Harold & Edith home. Did dishes, listened to radio. Bed early.

Here is the long entry for Thursday, February 18:

Real swell day out. Mr Van- had stayed here all nite. I guess its a good thing Ruth & I didn't. he had fixed the stove & put on the tea kettle & had a good fire going when I came. Told me he's going to sell out & get out of the business. Had letter from Charlie & he's in Louisiana. Probably only another week or less of work. Wonder what I'll find to do now! Time will tell. Old man here till about 2:00. Ruth here all pm. Edith, Helen J., Lenore & Harold J. here too. Studied shorthand. Took Ruth home. Down at church listening to radio. Took Harold & Edith home too. Listened to radio, I did dishes, went to bed early.

My comments: Well, this will be interesting to see what happens to the Maytag business. He is selling, but will someone buy it, and keep it open? Or, will it just be sold and closed. "Time will tell."
 

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Friday, February 17, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 17, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 17, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Wednesday, February 17:

Real rainy and nasty out most of the day. Crazy stove. Ruth, Jean Edith & Harold J. here after school and in pm. Took Ruth home and Edith with us. Lil & Ger up to Grand. Wms. Did dishes. Went to bed early.
[Written above the entry: Kissed his starter & stepped on his wife.]
[Also, a note added under, later: Grandma Williams lived 3 blocks north of Catholic Church]

Here is the long entry for Wednesday, February 17:

Real rainy & foggy all morning. Had a time with the crazy old stove. Just messed around doing nothing all morning. Ruth & Jean here in pm. Edith & Harold J. came in at 4:00 & stayed till I closed up. Quite busy. Mr Vandaworker supposed to come but he didn't. Wrote to Sandy. Cleaned white shoes getting ready to go skating and then they didn't have it. Ruth & Edith & I went shopping & then took Ruth home. Edith went home with us. Talked to Lil & Ger at Grandma Wms. Whaley shower. Home after 6:00. I did dishes & folks listened to radio. I went to sleep on the cot. To bed early.

My comments: It was a busy day in more ways than one. Late afternoon was filled with activities.

A note: Edith Lund (lived out on farm northwest of town, on way to Kinnick farm. She and Harold Johnson became a couple and eventually married. Close friends of my folks for many years.

Grandma Williams was Eileen's (step) great-grandmother. Mother of her Dad's mother, Nettie, who died the year before. Sarah Armstrong was the second wife of Elias Williams. His first wife, mother of the children, died very young and Sarah was a real mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to the whole bunch, over many years. Elias died in 1920 at 82. Sarah, who was much younger, lived to be 85 and died in January 1938. I do not believe I have ever identified a photo of Sarah.

Lil & Ger were, of course, Lillian and Gertrude, Eileen's aunts, her father, Paul's sisters.

Here is a photo of the three children Sarah raised to have families of their own: Lem (L.B.) (1866-1935), Nettie (1869-1936), and Josephine (1872-1961). I remember Josephine from Kinnick-Williams picnics each summer when I was young.

The link has some good background but also some old information on marriages, I see - Elias married Ann in 1862; I don't mention the second wife Sarah, at all, in the linked article. She was born in 1853, and they married on 4 Jul 1887; Ann had died in 1879, at age 37.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 16, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 16, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Tuesday, February 16:

Up at 8:30. Ate & came to work. All am. messing with the crazy stove. Ruth, Pete, Jean here in pm. Pete came at nite at 8:00. To "Valient Carrie." Butcher's wife got money. Chiviari gang. [Note on top: What for Chiviari: "We'll give 'em Hell if they don't leave us alone."

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, February 16:

Up about 8:30. Ruth still in bed. Ate breakfast & came down to work. Real nice out. Grate fell out of the stove & didn't do a blamed thing all morning but monkey with the crazy thing. Built fire in ash tray. Hot Stuff. [Her writing is poor; she is agitated!] Ruth, Jean & Pete here after dinner. Mom called 3 times in succession while they were here. Pete slamming Jean. Went home at nite for a change. Did dishes. Folks all left for show. Pete came at 8:10. "Valiant is name for Carrie." Queer but good sho'. Back seats. Took Ruth home. Out home then chased Orville back to town again. Chivari crowd. Home at 11:30. "I'll give 'em hell if they don't leave me alone."

My comments: Too much to comment on. I cannot get the correct spelling of 'chivari' to get the definition - a 'party' after folks get married - usually on their wedding night, in the 'olden' days. She doesn't say who it was for, but some of their friends were obviously involved. Perhaps a little 'too happy' in the 'running around." We'll likely never know, for sure.

Movie was "Valiant is the Word for Carrie."


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 15, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 15, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Monday, February 15:

Weight 123# am 5'6" bust 33" - waist 26" - hips - 37." Ruth fell on nice. A stitch in head. She here in pm. I up there all nite. Toasted m.m's & I played double Sol. Bed at 11:00.

Here is the long entry for Monday, February 15:

Today I'm 5 ft 6 in tall & weigh 123 lbs. Went down to Wolf's & got measured. Bust - 33." Waist - 26" "Hips - 38." Ruth called about Noon. She fell on ice coming out of the dentist's office. Cut her forehead & had to have a stitch taken. She had 2 teeth filled too. So she was filled and felled pretty good for one day. I went up & got her & she was here all pm. Old man here. Snowing & blowing again. Ate supper at Ruth's. Played Double Solitaire & toasted M.Ms over the fire place. To bed about 11:00. Ruth's yellow & orange p.'s & red headdress. Really clever! Woo! Woo!

My comments: Apparently Eileen stayed overnight with Ruth, at Ruth's house. Nice measurements. Wonder if she ordered anythings from Wolf's - must have, to have gotten her measurements. Perhaps we will hear more, later on.
Yum!  ;-)


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 14, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 14, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Sunday, February 14:

Up at 8:30. Usual cleaning & then ironed 'till Noon. Lil's for dinner. Leo & Ida attended Earl & Edna at Cooley's. We three home to supper. Pete came at 8:00. Rode around on 46. Home at 11:00.
[Side note arrow to Earl: Earl is Ida Marie's brother. He & Edna's wedding day & Leo & Ida attendants.]

Here is the long entry for Sunday, February 14:

Up about 8:30. Did up all usual wk & then ironed 'till Noon. Leo ready for Earl's & Edna's wedding. To Lil's for dinner. Leo & Ida had to hurry to get to the wedding. Leo kissed the bride. We three home at 5:30. I drove. Started the fires, Leo did chores, got supper, I took bath, did dishes, listened to radio. Pete came at 8:00. Shorty J. cussing us for pushing him down the strech. Out on 46. "Used to go out on this road." "Thinks of me all the time." "Goes rite to sleep."

My comments: Nice thoughts to end these Sunday entries.

Earl Bell would be the wedding. Cooley's would have been the Methodist Minister - likely at the parsonage. A common practice at the time.

Minister Oliver Cooley's son, Wayne Cooley, a graduate of Coon Rapids High School, served 48 years as Executive Director of the Iowa Girl's High School Athletic Union starting in 1954. Only girl's basketball was a girls sport in Iowa, at the time. He oversaw the addition of golf, tennis, track and field, cross country, swimming, volleyball and soccer. [Mom was REAL proud to know him as a friend from her youth!]



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Monday, February 13, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 13, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 13, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Saturday, February 13:

Cleaned whole store. Mr. Van here. Charlie left at 9:00. Cleaned house in pm. Slept on cot till 6:00. Did dishes, soaked feet, listened to radio & went to bed early.

Here is the long entry for Saturday, February 13:

Charlie left about 9:00. I didn't get to see him. Really tired but I swept & dusted the whole store. Mr. Van here most of morning. Jean here awhile. Surprised she wasn't angry because we wouldn't take her to the dance. home at Noon. Cleaned the house & then went to sleep on cot till 6:00. Did dishes, soaked my feet, listened to radio & went to bed. Got Ruth's picture. Talked to her. [Funny doodle of names of Ruth and Margary under - see image!  ;-)

My comments: She seems to be working every Saturday morning. Got in a little late, having not gotten home until 3 am Friday 'night!' Slept in afternoon - good.

I was reminded, looking at the image of the diary - this is really an appointment book she is writing in. I assume she got from her dad at the bank. He probably always got samples. The diary 'books' she used over the years were pretty much the same - same manufacturer!

Also, notice that Saturday and Sunday are on same page; short Saturday with only until 1:00 - assuming a short day of appointments on Saturday. Sunday only about a third of a page; no time slots. Details…  ;-)



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Sunday, February 12, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 12, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 12, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Friday, February 12:

Another nice day. Ruth & Jean here. Could go to Carroll tourn - with Cooley, Boyd, Charley. "See how you rate, Pete." Coon beat Manning in finals. To dance. Dick, Orville, Leland, Pete. Swell - fun. 3:00 a.m.

Here is the long entry for Friday, February 12:

Keenest day. Wrote in 5 yr nearly all morning. Jean & Ruth here all pm. Had 4 ways to go to tourney at Carroll. Cooley, Ruth's Dad, Charley & Pete. Pete was really too good to be true when he walked in here at about 4:00 just when we were wishing he'd come. To Ruth's for supper.  Ran around up stairs with me blinds up! Pete came at 7:30. Went to Ball game. Coon beat Manning in finals. Swell game. Then to dance. Not many there because of Lent. Out home at 3:00. Stumbled over chair in front of door. Were gonna stay out a.m.

My comments
: I'm going to focus on: "Wrote in 5 yr nearly all morning." This is the first mention of the 5-year-diary entries - what I've been calling the "short entries" each day. This suggests that she had continued to do the full page entries, but, at some point, gave consideration to starting a 5-year-diary. The difference, of course, is that over the five years, you could compare what you said on the same day of the year, over a five year span. I think she enjoyed the full page entries too much, personally.

I started a five year diary once. I did it into the second year, if I recall correctly. I wonder where it is… it has a leather binding. In a box in storage, I'm sure. Early 1960s, I think. Photo has a sample.
 


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Saturday, February 11, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 11, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 11, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.



Here is the short entry for Thursday, February 11:

Really swell spring day. "Fat Wilson" got stuck ahead of us. Read pin am. Ruth fixed my nails. Jean here. Really thawed. I did dishes & played cards with kids.

Here is the long entry for Thursday, February 11:

 Really a swell morning. Just like spring. "Fat Wilson" got stuck ahead of us but we went right through. Dad & I our home to dinner. Men from American College here. Ruth fixed my nails in pm. Jean here, too. Charlie shaving. All of us kinda crazy. Took Ruth home at 5:00 in old "Battlex." I did up about dish in houses & washed my head. Played cards with the kids.

My comments:
I do not know who "Fat Wilson" might have been. Any ideas?

Neither do I know what the "men for American College" might have been. It didn't seem to be personal. Perhaps recruiters came through regularly. I doubt they were looking for a Maytag…  ;-)

I choose fingernails, rather than toenails, for an image. Mom liked clear and clean fingernails.



"Played cards with kids." Would that be Buzzy & Leo? I'm not aware of any other 'kids?' Curious.

  
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Friday, February 10, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 10, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 10, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Wednesday, February 10:

Real swell day. Charlie back at 1:00. Ruth & Jean here in pm. C. asleep in broom. Rode on 46 & I took Ruth home. Buss walked. I did dishes & folks listened to radio. "Goodnite My Love."

Here is the long entry for Wednesday, February 10:

 Real nice sunny day. Typed, read & listened to programs. Jean K. here quite a little while. Charley back at 1:00. Ruth & Jean here in pm. Charlie went to sleep in the back room. Left about 4:30. Ruth & I rode on 46 & then I took her home. We nearly got stuck going out home. I did dishes while folks listened to radio. Leo & Buzz built card houses. "Goodnite, My Love" was 1st on the Hit Parade. Bed at 9:30.

http://youtu.be/-md6rJF1ZlI

My comments: "Goodnight, My Love" by Benny Goodman (1937) The #1 song on the Hit Parade.



Benny Goodman


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Thursday, February 9, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 9, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 9, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Tuesday, February 9:

Letter from Opie. Ate at Boehlers. [Inserted above, Boehler's Cafe (Geo)] Jean, Pete, Rugh, Betty here. Drove home at nite.  Pete & I to "Ah! Wilderness." Talked things over. Smoke in his eyes. "D. Cahost (sic-cannot make it out) you."

Here is the long entry for Tuesday, February 9:

Quite cold out. Slept till nearly 8:00. Dad brought clean clothes so I took a little bath & put on clean clothes. Letter from Opie. Ruth here a minute before dinner. Ate soup at Boehler's. Jean, Pete, Ruth & Betty here alternately in pm. Drove car clear home at nite. Seemed good to be home again. Pete came at 8:00 & we went to "Ah! Wilderness." Lionel B., Jackie C., Wallace Beery. Real good. Rode around afterwards. Talked things over & came to under standing. Grand time. So good to be together again. Smoke on my coat.

My comments: Well, wasn't that interesting without really telling us anything. I feel like I'm back at home again. Negatives never got much discussion time. Only think positive. "Grand time!" for sure.

Wish I could read some of those words… and understand what the smoke had to do with it… ???

Ah, Wilderness (1935) Bank nite movie - Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney (not Jackie C!)


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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 8, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 8, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Monday, February 8:

Came in V-8. Charley at Chrystal Lake. Ruth here in pm. Helen, Jean & I played bridge. Ate at Ruth's. Wore her dress to dance. Did I miss Pete. Everyone wondered where he was. Store at nite.

Here is the long entry for Monday, February 8:

Dad & Buss & I came in in V-8 but roads were bad. I couldn't  see a thing. Charley left for Chrystal lake. I'm in charge now. Bussy & Dad & I ate at Boehler's. Ruth & Don W. in awhile, too. Oh, to see Pete alone for a few minutes. Helen B., Jean K, & I played bridge. Ate supper at Ruth's. Wore her dress to the dance. Did I miss Pete! Every one wondered where he was & if I was lonesome. If they only knew! Stayed at store all mite. More fun. T.

My comments: More mysteries. Apparently to cold and snowy to go back out to the farm because she needed to be back in the store first thing in the morning, since Charley was out of town. But, she stayed with a friend and borrowed her dress to wear to a dance, presumably in town. All her friends wondered where Pete was, as well. She had not seen or heard from him since 1:00 Friday night-Saturday morning… Monday had now come and gone, as well! The plot thickens…  


"The world's largest Bullhead, located in Chrystal Lake, Iowa." Do you suppose this was there when Charley visited in February of 1937? In the dead of a hard, cold winter?


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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 7, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 7, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Sunday, February 7:

Slept clock around. Did up work. Washed & ironed. Listened to radio. Pete didn't come. 1st Sun in 4 mod. Really lonesome. Bed early.

Here is the long entry for Sunday, February 7:

Up at 9:00. Slept the clock around. Straightened up the house. Did my washing & ironing. Dad into town. Listened to radio. Took a bath & read. Pete didn't come over. 1st Sun. nite in 4 mos. that I haven't been with Pete. Really lonesome. Went to bed early!

My comments:
She seems pretty sad, and lonesome; kept busy all day, hoping to hear from Pete. This is only speculation, but I think she may have been 'having too much fun' in the snow and cars; when the 'broke the bridge' - working with other couples and neighbors. Pete was pretty serious about 'appearances' and 'accidents' that might cost money… we'll see, as the days go by.


This is a Delco 3208 32-volt farm radio (1937) - what do you suppose Eileen's looked like?


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Monday, February 6, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 6, 1937


75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 6, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Saturday, February 6:

N.W. Wind. Dad & I walked in. Read in morning. Walked home at noon. Rode to town in wagon on a bale in pm. Leo after Dad in car. Listened to radio. Bed at 9:00.

Here is the long entry for Saturday, February 6:

Not so cold. N.W. Wind. Dad & I walked into town. Read most of morning. Wonder if Pete got home OK. Wish he'd call. Walked home alone at Noon. Ate dinner & then Leo, Buzz & I rode back in in wagon after groceries. Leo went after Dad in car at nite. Listened to radio & went to bed at 9:00.

My comments: Saturday afternoon they apparently rode on a wagon, with a hay bale on it to sit on, pulled by a horse. Not enough details to really know for sure.

The mention of Pete not calling portends something happened Friday night when they were visiting their couple friends that perhaps he did not like. [Something 'blowing in that wind'??] See more of this on Sunday, to follow.


Ok, lots of bales, not one bale on one wagon drawn by a horse... so, sue me!  ;-)



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Sunday, February 5, 2012

75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 5, 1937


 75 Years Ago - Eileen's Diary - February 5, 1937


This entry is the daily post on this blog from the diary of eighteen year old Eileen KINNICK, 75 Years Ago this date.

Since midway through 2010, a weekly update/comments blog entry began to appear on the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories blog. Those weekly entries, on that blog, on each Tuesday of the week, will continue, with links to these daily entries.

For 1937, the first entry available was for January 4. It was made in a multi-year diary format, so is short. Starting on January 5, there are two entries, one on the small format and a second is a full page entry. I suspect the longer entries were made later, when she got that book… there is no way to know, unless it shows up in the entries. This goes on for a couple of weeks. Let's see how it goes.


Here is the short entry for Friday, February 5:

Not so cold. Drove in. Roads awful. Robert and Edna paid. Ate down here. Pete came in pm. Pete took home. To  Hilgen's. Awful coming home. Broke bridge. 1:00.

Here is the long entry for Friday, February 5:

Not so cold. Dad & I drove in in V-8. Roads really awful. Just messed around most of morning. Robert & Edna came in & paid up. Ate lunch here in store. Read McCalls & Enterprise. Charley at Carroll 'till after Noon. Pete, Jean & Helen here in pm. Pete took me home. Came at 7:30 & we went out to Orrin & Max's. Don, Norma, Elmer, Verle, Arnold. Julia, Lucht's. Arnold, Verle [should be Julia], LVene & Verle went home with Pete & me. Roads terrible. Had to push Clark out. Ran into bridge. Home at 1:00. More fun!
"Either in love or d-fools" - Arnold

My comments: Clark had pulled them out the ditch early in the week. Now they were able to return the favor. Some familiar couples showing up regularly - that lasted thirty or forty years together!

The Enterprise was the local weekly newspaper, still is - comes out every Thursday.


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